Across the performing arts and across Europe disabled artists are pushing the boundaries of form, and are presenting audiences, fellow artists and arts professionals with one of the creative opportunities of our time.

Europe Beyond Access will support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece); Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente(Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

Our 7 arts organisations will:

  • Support disabled artists to internationalise their artistic innovations and their careers;
  • Develop a network of leading mainstream organisations with a commitment to present and commission at the highest level;
  • Build European audiences interested in high-quality innovative work by Europe’s disabled artists;
  • Develop tools and understanding in the wider performing arts market;
  • Collaborate with many of the world’s leading arts networks to champion excellent artistic works, and to educate arts professionals.

An audio-flyer introducing the project (especially useful for visually impaired users) is available here:

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Mixed Doubles at Oriente Occidente

Date: September 12, 2021

Location: Italy


Chiara Bersani’s Moby Dick at Oriente Occidente

Date: September 5, 2021

Location: Italy

PAST A disabled white female performer with blond hair balances on one leg above a man writhing on the floor. A black and white photo of a performance outside.

Mixed doubles at Kalamata Dance Festival

Date: July 16, 2021

Location: Greece


AXIS Dance Company: Radical Impact

Date: January 30, 2020

Location: Netherlands


Commission: Dance in the 21st Century

Date: June 25, 2021

Location: Serbia

PAST A green image with the title of the event.

Panel: Time to Act report (for Portuguese audiences)

Date: June 17, 2021

Location: Portugal

PAST Two white female dancers. The first is a wheelchair user with her back on the ground and legs facing upwards. The other does a headstand against the wheels of her her chair with both her legs off at opposite jaunty angles.

Time to Act: preliminary findings

Date: April 27, 2021

Location: UK

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